Upper Prov Republican in running for district judge vacancy
Longtime local attorney Theresa Flanagan Murtagh is in the running to replace outgoing Magisterial District Judge Nicholas S. Lippincott in the 32-2-44 District Court covering Upper Providence Township and Rose Valley Borough.
“I am honored to have the opportunity to run for district judge and to follow Judge Lippincott in serving our residents with integrity, independence from partisan politics, respect for the law and a commitment to public safety,” Murtagh stated in a release.
Murtagh, a Republican, announced her candidacy in July. She received the endorsement of the local Republican committee and countywide vacancy committee last month.
A lifelong county resident and 1984 graduate of Cardinal O’Hara High School, Murtagh and her husband, Paul, live with their three children in Upper Providence.
She is a 1988 Swarthmore College graduate and earned her law degree from Villanova University School of Law. She was class president in both instances.
Murtagh is a former Delaware County assistant district attorney, as well as a member and past director of the Delaware County Bar Association. She has also stayed current with court developments, such as diversionary rehabilitative courts, through continuing legal education classes, according to the release.
“While we want to prevent crime and prosecute criminals, we also want to help individuals turn away from crime and be contributing members of the community,” Murtagh said. “I realize that it is at the District Court level that many individuals have their first brush with the justice system and I will strive to be impartial, humane and diligent in trying to help people resolve issues at this level, particularly cases involving non-violent youth, neighbor disputes and traffic violations.”
Murtagh faces Democrat and fellow attorney Andrew Goldburg in the Nov. 7 General Election.